Recruitment’s tougher up north

Posted on October 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Having opened a northern office in Mansfield, Nottingham, major care management recruiter Knightley Search & Selection believes northern operators often have more difficulty in recruitment than do their counterparts in the south. Director Marjorie Day said care homes in the north had different challenges from southern operators. “Northern clients tell us that the regulatory body is more enforcer than supportive unit,” Ms Day told Caring Times. “There appears to have been a surge of notices issued from April of this year, often taking the form of seven-day notices rather than the customary four or six weeks. No matter how feasible such deadlines may be, it adds up to more pressure on managers. “There is often less choice in recruitment for northern operators – they may only have one or two applicants for a role. To compound this, northern managers are realising the extent of their responsibility under the Care Standards Act. “For several years, managers have been preoccupied with compliance in areas like train

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